January 2nd, 2009
07:27 PM ET

Evening Buzz: John Travolta’s 16-year-old son dies

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight our deepest sympathies go out to actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston.

Their 16-year-old son, Jett, died today during a family vacation in the Bahamas. He reportedly suffered a seizure and couldn’t be revived. His parents are said to be devastated. It’s a heartbreaking story.

The Travoltas have said Jett suffered from Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls that most often strikes young children and can lead to heart disease. We’re digging deeper with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Meantime, we’re bracing for an escalation in Gaza.

All day, speculation has been building that an Israeli ground invasion may be imminent. After seven days of airstrikes, the United Nations says much of Gaza’s infrastructure is in ruins. But even so, independent reports indicate that Hamas has as firm a grip on Gaza as ever. Nic Robertson is on the ground with the latest.

On Sunday, the next first family moves to Washington, where Sasha and Malia Obama start school on Monday. Tonight we’ve got an exclusive interview with Michelle Obama. She sat down with Suzanne Malveaux and opened up about some very personal struggles, including balancing career and family.

Finally, caught on tape.. a truly bizarre murder-for-hire scheme gone bad. You’ll hear a wife plotting to have her husband and his parents snuffed out, cracking jokes and sounding weirdly nonchalant.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern…

In the meantime, tell us how the New Year is treating you so far. Or just tell us what’s on your mind - we enjoy hearing from you.

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  1. Cindy

    I was shocked to hear of John and Kelly's son's death. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their family! I hope that the media leaves them alone during this horrible time.

    I hope that someone can talk some sense into Israel and Hamas. The last thing those poor people need in Gaza is for the fighting to start on the ground in their front yards! There will definitely be more lives lost then.


    January 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  2. Kathi Fullerton Calif.

    My heart goes out to John Travolta and his wife Kelly. No heartache could be worse. God Bless this family.

    January 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm |